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DUP Westminster vote an attack on farmers incomes

5 November, 2012 - by Oliver McMullan


Sinn Féin Agricultural Spokesperson Oliver McMullan has accused the DUP of attacking the Single Farm Payment to farmers after they voted in support of a Tory rebel motion in Westminster calling for the slashing of the EU budget.

Oliver McMullan said, "Some farmers may be surprised to discover that the DUP now stand with the Tory right and UKIP in calling for the EU budget to be slashed witch would result in the Common Agricultural Programme budget be badly cut as a result."

Oliver McMullan continued, " The CAP budget has already been cut in real terms under the current proposals and is under pressure in the current negotiations, Minister Michelle O'Neill and her counterpart in Dublin Simon Coveney are fighting hard to defend the budget on behalf of Irish farmers. It is therefore disappointing to see the DUP supporting those who are attacking this budget and insisting that the British oppose any continuation of the budget. A slash in the CAP budget would have a devastating impact on farming in the north of Ireland as most farmers depend on it for their very survival and particularly now with input costs being so high.

Oliver McMullan concluded, " I would call on the DUP to explain their position to farmers, many of whom they will put out of business, with this anti-farming position.

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